The painting, which was ‘quite large’, is mentioned again in the next letter; it must have measured 100 x 75 cm. Over the next few months Van Gogh repeatedly returns to this woman spinning. Since at the end of September he sent Theo a photograph of a painting of a woman spinning – together with one of a sower – we may assume that this is the same painting in every case; it is known from a ‘carte de visite’: see letter 463, n. 1.
Subsequently mentioned in letters 450
and – possibly – 466
It was previously supposed that the small pen-and-ink drawing Woman winding yarn
(F 1137 / JH 493
) was the enclosed ‘little scratch’, but this is a woman winding yarn, not spinning it. Cf. cat. Amsterdam 1997, p. 78 (n. 3).